This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.
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What are the major symptoms of celiac disease?
Celiac Disease Symptoms
What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic)
Celiac Disease Screening
Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results
Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free?
How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful?
The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free
Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested?
Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing
Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases?
Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders
Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid?
Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients)
Is there a list of gluten free foods?
Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients)
Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages
Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free?
Where does gluten hide?
Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet
Where can I buy gluten-free stuff?
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Having this is so frustrating, my knickers are twisted up in knots. It is comforting to know that I am not the only one with multiple symptoms, most of which can be traced to gluten/casein. I have also spent a small fortune on digestive/weight loss supplements. Whats working now to improve my weight and digestion are being gluten/casein free of course, and cutting way back on red meat and alcohol. These two are also the worst for IBS, and really mess with the gluten compromised digestive system of an older person. I have found a store that carries Glutenberg beer, which is not bad but way too expensive. Guess I will stick to Coors Light for now. The hard stuff really messes up my stomach. Happy summer everybody!
Tests to measure serum endomysial antibodies (EMA) and antibodies to tissue transglutaminase (tTG) were developed to screen for celiac disease in patients who are actively eating gluten.
However, doctors often use them to monitor patients on a gluten-free diet. Now, making sure celiac patients are successfully following a gluten-free diet is important, as unconscious gluten ingestion can lead to complications over time. But how accurate are these tests for assessing gluten-free compliance in celiac patients?
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The GP has sent me to the opticians for an eye test. My blood pressure is ok and my last diabetes test a year ago was absolutely fine. She doesn't think it sounds like MS although she admitted she wasn't sure about what else it could be.
Unfortunately I don't have much faith in my local doctors surgery. I've seen 7 different doctors the last 7 times I've visited. So you never get a chance to build up any kind of rapport or knowledge. This latest doctor was a locum and I don't think they want to commit to anything hence sending me to the optician. It's not the end of the world, I was due an eye test anyway, but no further along with an answer.
Indeed that is interesting. I'll add parasitic microbes to my list of woes
I have never posted here before but am having difficulty understanding my results. Based on the celiac panel my doctor ordered, everything was normal except for my IgA, which was too high. The other results I do not know the specific numbers of because the lab just reported >20, for example, and not the actual number. I have a ridiculous amount of symptoms of celiac, and I have been totally cleared of everything else. Chron's and all of the IBD testing came back negative and I don't really have as many symptoms of those either. My doctor said I may still have a gluten intolerance though. I am quite honestly sick of feeling so unwell all of the time and there is no other explanation as all of my other bloodwork was perfect. Is it possible that maybe my body hasn't had enough damage from the gluten so the results were negative? I just want to understand what is going on and no one seems to know because other than these awful symptoms I am totally healthy. I just hope someone can provide me with some knowledge on this as I find it quite confusing. Should I just assume it is a gluten intolerance and cut out gluten or should I get retested? Thank you for any help.